Newborn left in manger: Baby Left In Manger

Published: November 26, 2015

Newborn left in manger: Baby Left In Manger, The mother of a baby who was left this week in a manger inside a Roman Catholic church in New York was found and will not face criminal prosecution, the county district attorney said late on Wednesday.

The baby, who was found in Queens on Monday, remained in a stable condition at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, officials said.

Officially, the baby is in the custody of the city’s Administration for Children’s Services, as is routine in such cases.

Richard Brown, the Queens district attorney, said that his office had decided not to press charges against the woman, whom he did not identify by name, after she was located and interviewed on Wednesday.

“The mother followed the spirit of New York’s ‘Safe Haven’ Law, which allows a parent to leave a child not older than 30 days with an appropriate person or in a suitable location where the parent promptly notifies an appropriate person of the child’s location,” he said.

“It appears that the mother, in this case, felt her newborn child would be found safely in the church and chose to place the baby in the manger because it was the warmest place in the church, and further she returned the following morning to make certain that the baby had been found.”

Detectives from the 102nd Precinct had been reviewing surveillance video of the woman, who, the police said, secretly left the boy in the Church of the Holy Child Jesus and disappeared.

One video clip showed the woman, with the infant, entering a dollar store on Jamaica Avenue, around the corner from the church.

Another video captured her leaving the store with the baby and newly purchased towels.

Footage from a camera at the church showed the same woman entering with the infant, the police said.

Then it showed her leaving – this time without him. It is not clear how long the baby was left alone lying atop a towel, his umbilical cord still attached.

The videos were not time-stamped, the police said. But around 1 pm, a parish maintenance worker, José Morán, returned from an hour long lunch and heard the cries of a baby in the front of the nave.


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